Tips for Coping with a Pet Health Emergency

No one likes to think about his or her beloved pet experiencing a medical emergency, but these things do happen and when they occur, staying calm and taking the right steps can help make a bad situation as manageable as possible. Start – now – by finding out where the emergency vet(s) and emergency clinics in your area are located, so you don’t lose precious time trying to find an emergency animal hospital when your pet is in crisis. You might even want to enter this info in your smart phone contact page. Then, later if you think your pet is suffering from a medical emergency, keep this advice in mind:

Don’t Second-Guess Yourself

In a health crisis, getting treatment as soon as possible can be lifesaving. If you are concerned about your pet’s symptoms, go to the emergency vet right away instead of trying to wait out the symptoms or questioning your reaction. It’s better to err on the side of the caution and find out your pet’s issue isn’t urgent than to delay the care he or she needs. Some medical emergencies, like seizures, excessive bleeding, swollen abdomens, and poisoning, are obvious, but health crises can also have more subtle symptoms. Always seek treatment when you have a concern.

Stay Calm

It’s natural to feel anxious or even overwhelmed when your pet is facing a medical emergency, but your anxiety can be contagious and make your pet feel even worse. Stay as calm and methodical as possible as you call your vet or make your way to the emergency animal clinic. Be strong for your pet. Soothe your pet as much as you can so that he or she relaxes as much as possible. An agitated pet can make treatments more difficult.

Come Prepared

You’ll get faster care from your emergency vet if you bring along any information that could be relevant to your pet’s care. For instance, you may need vaccination records, a list of your pet’s medications, and if your pet ate something that was dangerous, the packaging, if possible. All of this information could help your emergency vet make important decisions about your animal’s care.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group knows how stressful a medical crisis is for pet families, and our emergency vets in McKinney and Dallas are dedicated to providing compassionate care when your animal needs it most. Find out more about our emergency care and other services by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

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